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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2 stars)

(PG) 91min

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

FARCE/ROMANCE

Opinionated, unemployable London governess Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) has just lost another job. Dumped by her agency and homeless Miss Pettigrew manages to worm her way in to the house of American wannabe starlet Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Flighty, silly and with a social diary messy with lovers, Delysia is a handful but she may just be Miss Pettigrew’s last chance.

Adapted from Winifred Watson’s charming 1938 book by David Finding Neverland Magee and Simon Blow Dry Beaufoy, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day is the type of playful pre WWII sub-Cowardian farce that makes one wants to gouge one’s eyes out with shrapnel from the undercarriage of a Spitfire.

TV and film director Bharat Downtime Nalluri attempt to create a sparkling Mitchell Leisen style romantic comedy is undone by inferior performances, screenplay and the complete predictability inherent in this kind of mentally painful experience. Michael The Last King of Scotland O’Connor’s costume design and Nick Atonement Gottschalk’s art direction are, however, top notch, old fruit.

General release from Fri 15 Aug.

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 98 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
  • Written by: David Magee, Simon Beaufoy, Based on the novel by Winifred Watson
  • Cast: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Lee Pace

London governess Miss Pettigrew (McDormand) has just lost another job. Dumped by her agency, Miss Pettigrew manages to worm her way into the house of American wannabe starlet Delysia (Adams). Nalluri's attempts to recreate a sparkling Mitchell Leisen style romantic comedy are undone by inferior performances and the…

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